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commanteerOct. 21, 2014 - 07:51PM JST
As the article says, no smoke or cloud is needed. That's why it's news. There are some pictures of it in action here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2800118/the-bat-signal-future-free-floating-images-firing-lasers-someday-alert-people-disasters.html
Posted in: Japanese firm showcases Bat-Signal of the future
commanteerOct. 21, 2014 - 09:35AM JST
Ol' Bob has finally gone Hollywood. Well, he lasted longer than most...
Posted in: Bob Seger finds political voice with climate fight
commanteerOct. 20, 2014 - 08:08AM JST
I remember shouchu makers saying that they would all go out of business if tariffs were lifted on foreign whiskey and spirits. 20 years late, the shouchu industry is stronger than anyone ever imagined.
Japanese are especially good at buying locally, so I think the alternative will make rice farmers finally improve their methods (as the shouchu makers did).
So far as economies of scale in the US, at the rate they are using water that won't last long. It's absolutely crazy to grow a water intensive crop like rice in a desert. Yet, that's exactly what is being done in places like California and Australia. The water is already running out. And then there are the other methods needed to grow food on a massive scale that lower the quality of the final product.
If Japanese farmers would focus on making good rice, and doing it efficiently, they will do fine.
Posted in: One man shows how rice farming can be competitive
commanteerOct. 19, 2014 - 07:06PM JST
I don't know if things are actually worse, or it's just that we recognize crimes against children now. I had a couple close calls as a kid, one scary one I reported to my father. He just laughed and said "Oh, so you met a pervert." I remember how scared I was, and thinking "Oh, so that sort of thing is no big deal?"
Things may even be better now, for all I know. We are just more aware, if not paranoid at times.
Posted in: Nowadays, for fear of child predators, it is no longer considered safe to let young children go by themselves to and from school, to a friend's house, play in parks or at the beach, go to shops and so on. Was it like this when you were young?
commanteerOct. 19, 2014 - 06:59PM JST
Translation. When Obama says "don't give in to hysteria or fear" he means "please give in to hysteria or fear." What better time to exercise emergency powers to push through yet more government control of the people? It was his team that said they never let a crisis go to waste.
A more cynical person might think Obama's mishandling of Ebola was intentional to this end. I'm not there. Yet.
Posted in: Americans 'can't give in to hysteria or fear' over Ebola, says Obama
commanteerOct. 17, 2014 - 05:48PM JST
@knowbetter "Little" is not a word that describes Japanese hornets. They are the largest hornets in the world.
Posted in: 26 students stung by hornets in Kumamoto
commanteerOct. 17, 2014 - 11:19AM JST
Reminds me of an argument I had with my Japanese boss several years ago.
Me: But it will turn a profit. Why walk away from this opportunity?
Boss: Because it involves risk! Our company does not take risks! We are not that kind of company. If you want to take risks, find another company to work for.
Me: But if our company doesn't take risks, how have we lost so much money? Was that on purpose?
I didn't stay with them much longer. Funny how such a risk-averse company could go broke. They just don't see that there is also risk in doing nothing.
Posted in: Failure to internationalize, take risks and value employees by merit have led to years of stagnation in the fields of computers, smartphones and semiconductors.
commanteerOct. 11, 2014 - 10:38AM JST
Jerseyboy, look at the story again. Japan already scrutinizes transactions of over 2 million yen, which is the money needed to buy a care, for example. The new laws may make it more like the US, where business to business transactions over $600 require extra paperwork and reporting.
Posted in: Japan drafts anti-money laundering bills under pressure from global watchdog
commanteerOct. 11, 2014 - 07:36AM JST
Because not everything that Japan is pressured to do is a good thing. These banking laws, while aimed at terrorists, inevitably will be used to make life more difficult for private citizens and small businesses. The terrorists and gangs will find a way around it, while the ordinary person will be stuck with it.
commanteerOct. 09, 2014 - 07:02AM JST
This puts Korea in good company...China, Iran, North Korea, Russia. Arresting foreign journalists is typical of dictatorships and rogue nations.
Posted in: Japanese journalist indicted in S Korea for defaming president
commanteerOct. 07, 2014 - 11:36AM JST
I can't agree or disagree with this one, as he's all over the place and never gets around to making one clear point. If he's an an editor and journalist by trade, what the heck happened here? It's as though someone vomited words onto a page in a fit of rage.
Posted in: All aboard the good American ship Titanic
commanteerOct. 07, 2014 - 09:23AM JST
Is it still called a tour if you only visit one city?
Posted in: Diana Ross to tour Japan for first time in 19 years
commanteerOct. 07, 2014 - 08:23AM JST
"...Unless he was an idiot, spouting off what he was going to do!"
Well, you have to ask yourself how smart someone is who decides to leave Japan and join the people chopping off heads in Syria. I doubt they attract many of the best and brightest.
Posted in: Police question university student, others over plan to join Islamic State
commanteerOct. 06, 2014 - 05:47PM JST
I suspect the most common last words of modern humans are: "This will make a great photo."
Posted in: Typhoon makes landfall; 2 U.S. airmen missing, 1 dead after being swept out to sea
commanteerOct. 05, 2014 - 09:44AM JST
There is no such thing as "extremely unique." It is either unique or not. Nice pictures at the original link, though i don't think I'll be entrusting my life to that rickety structure anytime soon.
Posted in: Awesome treehouse cafe in Yokohama satisfies our longing for bagels, beer, and nature
commanteerSep. 30, 2014 - 08:36AM JST
There's always this tendency forecast future disasters based on recent occurrences. Until March 11 in Fukushima, who was worried about tsunamis? Stuff happens, though we forget about stuff that hasn't happened recently and obsess over stuff that has. Volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, disease epidemics, terrorists, war, asteroids, droughts, floods, starvation, nuclear accidents/explosions, and many more that I just can't think of right now.
Meanwhile, I'm going to enjoy a nice cup of coffee:)
commanteerSep. 22, 2014 - 05:38PM JST
Odd, since about the only uprising in that part of the world that wasn't mostly directed by Islamist extremists was in Iran. And the US left those idealistic young people to the mercy of the mullahs. No help at all. And barely any media coverage to boot. Makes me wonder what the US is really trying to achieve there.
Posted in: The U.S. is putting together a coalition, including Japan, to eradicate the threat to the global community from the Islamic State. Do you think military action will be effective or will it make the situation worse?
commanteerSep. 21, 2014 - 08:01AM JST
The constitution clearly gives the states the right to secede. Yes, there was a war that denied those rights, but the denial of a basic human right (for people to choose their own government) was one aspect of that war that is rarely taught.
The US is young, and borders change all the time. There are few places on earth where the borders are the same as they were 200 years ago, and some of them changed peacefully.
People should always have the right to secede if the wish. If a nation-state doesn't serve the needs of a territory, why should they be forced to stay? Aside from defence, there are few advantages to being part of a massive nation.
Posted in: One in four Americans want their state to secede, but why?
commanteerSep. 21, 2014 - 06:59AM JST
This has much wider application than just for blind people - just look at audio books for example. I would like to have some chosen articles read to me while I am driving, and I'm sure I'm not alone in that.
Posted in: New smartphone app allows blind people to listen to audio readback of printed text
commanteerSep. 20, 2014 - 09:47PM JST
Of course it's a corpse. Good luck trying to eat a live horse! Probably get kicked in the chops. I think zombies prefer live food actually, but I'm not an expert.
Posted in: Anybody care for horsemeat sushi?
Oct. 22, 2014 - 12:07AM JST
I think posters here should stop quibbling and tell us straight... are you happy to have…
Posted in: The fuel for Japan’s pedophiles
Oct. 22, 2014 - 12:04AM JST
Hashimoto started off riled up and then probably realised he'd better calm down. Seemed pretty cool…
Posted in: Hashimoto, Zaitokukai chairman get into shouting match
Oct. 22, 2014 - 12:01AM JST
...And there will be rumors of war. Of course, there will be war. And these female…
Posted in: 3 women cabinet ministers visit Yasukuni Shrine
Oct. 22, 2014 - 12:00AM JST
That was excellent entertainment!
The best Japanese news clip since Ryutaro Nonomura's hysterical crying.
Oct. 21, 2014 - 11:48PM JST
Ebola is an issue for every country in the world. At lease all the governments are…
Posted in: Obama coalition-building again, this time on Ebola